Emotional support sheep help people get in shape mentally: ‘We offer a safe space’
A support group is helping people improve their mental health — with a flock of sheep.
Emma Redman, 37, and Pippa Ashton, 46, launched EWE Talk last year. The nonprofit organization based in Thame, in Oxfordshire, England, aims to help struggling adults and children.
“We can go to people’s houses and help those struggling with loneliness and isolation,” said Redman, according to SWNS, the British news service.
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While the pair started their service with just one sheep, today they have a flock of seven sheep and two goats to help people who find life challenging.
Animal therapy can have both psychological and physiological benefits, studies have shown.
Said Redman, “One of the things we have always known is how useful animals are as a tool to help those struggling with diversities and mental health issues.”
She added, “People usually think of horse and dog therapy.”
Instead, she said, “We offer a safe space. If [children] want to talk to us then they can, but maybe they just want to play and giggle and laugh and run around with the sheep.”
She also said, “We want to be there to help anyone who needs us. We’ve got so much belief that what we can do is make a difference,” as SWNS reported.
The two women started EWE Talk after Redman was given the opportunity to buy a unique breed of sheep — a Valias Blacknose.
Valais Blacknose sheep are known for their dog-like temperament, making them excellent animals for providing emotional support, said SWNS.
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From there, the pair realized there was a gap in the market for a unique animal therapy venture and decided to go for it.
While their goal is to visit schools and educational settings with the fluffy friends, currently they welcome children struggling with their mental health to their farm.
On some occasions, they’ve even transported the flock to locals in need of emotional support.
Now, they’re hoping to secure more funding to expand their operation.
Said Redman, “We are a mobile service, which is unique — we load two animals into a vehicle and can go anywhere within the county.”
She added, “We can go to people’s houses and help those struggling with loneliness and isolation.”
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She also said, “We’re not an alternative education provider. Our focus is on well-being and emotional support for children with neurodiversity and mental health issues.”
Redman also explained, “We’ve run pilots with people offering free services mostly from home … A young girl came to the farm who had tried all different types of therapies and for first 10 minutes she didn’t want to engage.”
But then, after a bit of time, “she was in the stable with the sheep being cuddled — [and] over the hour we started to talk and there was laughter and smiles and she’s come back weekly since.”
Said Redman, “Every time we see a child benefit from time with the animals, it gives us that passion to move forward and make a difference.”
She also said of those who benefit from their work, “We felt honored that we were able to be there with them and support them … and they let us in.”
She also said of children who are struggling with a variety of issues today, “All the children going through these things are superheroes. If we can make difference in a few people’s lives, then it’s a success.”
Recently, the group shared on its Facebook page another example of its work.
“EWE Talk made an official home visit to young Joseph,” they wrote.
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“It was wonderful spending time with this family and seeing the impact the animals had. Joseph’s [mom] told us it was the longest time ever that he spent outside in their garden.”
They added, “It was an honor to spend this time with them all and [we] look forward to hosting him at the farm at the end of the month.”
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Duggar docuseries ‘Happy Shiny People’ reveals shocking secrets about reality TV family
Jim Bob, Michelle and the Duggar family, who starred in the hit TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” are back in the spotlight in the new docuseries “Happy Shiny People.”
The four-part limited series explores the family’s rise to fame and fall from grace after allegations emerged in 2015 that the oldest Duggar son, Josh, had molested five young girls when he was 12. Josh later admitted to molesting four of his younger sisters and a babysitter.
The show, which ran for 10 seasons beginning in 2008, was subsequently canceled. In 2021, Josh was convicted on federal charges of possessing child pornography and sentenced to 12 and half years in prison.
“Happy Shiny People” also examines the extreme views and practices of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a controversial religious organization founded by now-disgraced minister Bill Gothard. Jim Bob and Michelle are longtime members of IBLP and the docuseries shines a light on the influence that the organization wielded over them.
The series, which premiered on Amazon Prime Friday, includes interviews with Jill Duggard Dillard and her husband Derick Dillard, Amy Duggar King and her husband Dillon King, and Jim Bob’s sister Deanna Jordan.
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Jim Bob and Michelle responded to the docuseries in a statement that they shared on their website.
“The recent ‘documentary’ that talks about our family is sad because in it we see the media and those with ill intentions hurting people we love,” they wrote. “Like other families, ours too has experienced the joys and heartbreaks of life, just in a very public format. This ‘documentary’ paints so much and so many in a derogatory and sensationalized way because sadly that’s the direction of entertainment these days.”
The statement continued, “We have always believed that the best chance to repair damaged relationships, or to reconcile differences, is through love in a private setting. We love every member of our family and will continue to do all we can to have a good relationship with each one.”
“Through both the triumphs and the trials we have clung to our faith all the more and discovered that through the love and grace of Jesus, we find strength, comfort, and purpose.”
Here is a look at the biggest bombshells about the Duggar family from “Happy Shiny People.”
In the first episode of “Happy Shiny People,” the Duggars’ close friends Jim and Bobye Holt discussed their daughter Kaeleigh’s relationship with Josh. Jim, a former GOP state senator and representative from Arkansas, recalled that they had known Josh “from the time he was a baby.” The Holts were also members of IBLP.
He said that when Josh was a teenager, he asked for Jim and Bobye’s permission to court Kaeleigh for the purpose of marriage. The couple agreed and Josh became Kaeleigh’s first boyfriend.
Jim remembered that he found out that Josh had molested his sisters on March 30, 2003. “I went out to the field and just bawled,” he said.
“What Jim had said to us was Josh has gotten into some trouble,” Bobye said. “You know, ‘He’s touched his sisters inappropriately.'”
The couple recalled that Jim Bob and Michelle refused to use the word “molest” to describe their son’s actions.
“He had apparently been doing it since he was 12, but we found out about it when he was 15,” Jim said. He recalled asking Jim Bob and Michelle when they had planned on telling them. “And Michelle said, ‘We weren’t going to have them tell you guys at all. We’re going to have Josh confess to Kaeleigh once they were married.’ And I asked him [Jim Bob], ‘Are you basically saying you tried to use my daughter like a carrot to get him to behave the right way?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, kinda.’”
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Jim recalled that Jim Bob, who served as an Arkansas state representative twice, had written a bill to create a sex offenders’ registry.
“I confronted him, I said, ‘Jim Bob, according to your own bill that you’ve written and what you’ve told me, your son should be on it. He needs to make it right with the law because he violated the law, and he needs to turn himself in.'”
According to Jim, Jim Bob said he was going to take Josh to the state trooper’s office and Jim agreed to accompany him.
“The state trooper sat down, and we told him the story that Josh told him, what we thought at the time was everything he had done. He goes, ‘I’m gonna let you go this time. He said, But if you do it again, I’m really going to come down hard on you,'” Jim said.
He continued, “Well, we found out later that this guy was a friend of Jim [Bob’s].”
The Holts said Jim Bob and Michelle sent Josh to Bill Gothard’s facility in Little Rock for rehabilitation. “19 Kids and Counting” began airing five years later.
In December 2021, Bobye testified against Josh at his federal trial after he was charged with downloading and possessing child pornography.
During the trial, Jim Bob announced that he was running for state senator in Arkansas. The Holts recalled that Jim Bob had texted Jim a link to his campaign’s donation page. Days after Josh was convicted on all charges, Jim Bob lost the Republican primary to city council member Colby Fulfer, who went on the win the election.
On June 21, 2014, Jill married Derick Dillard in a televised wedding that aired on “19 Kids and Counting” in October of that year. Jill and Derick said they had “no choice” in whether their wedding would be televised as “19 Kids and Counting” was the highest-rated show that TLC ever had at that time.
In the final episode of “Happy Shiny People,” Jill said she unwittingly signed a contract that extended her commitment to TLC on the day before her wedding.
“I just saw the signature page,” she said. “It was like on the end of the kitchen table – like, ‘Hey, I just need you guys to sign these. Like everyone was signing them. We were literally running through the kitchen, and it was like whoever you could grab on the way through. I didn’t know what it was for.”
When asked who had her sign the contract, Jill replied, “My dad.”
Derick said, “What we found out later was that it was a commitment of your life for the next five years to the show.”
“They had their negotiations, they had their business meetings,” Jill said. “It just wasn’t with us.”
In 2016, Jill and Derick were working as missionaries in El Salvador. A TLC crew traveled to the Central American country to film them for the “19 Kids and Counting” spinoff show “Jill and Jessa: Counting On.”
The couple said TLC producers began to press them to return to the United States for a shoot. Jill and Derick said they refused as they wanted to honor their commitment. They recalled that they had previously told the producers they would be in El Salvador for 10 months.
“Now it’s a matter of principle,” Jill explained. “Like we’re going to be here. That was like the first time that we really put our foot down and said, ‘No.’ I’ve never said no to my family before and just been like, ‘No, no, no. We cannot do what you’re asking us to do.’ And it was one of those, like, aha moments for us that basically they’re like, ‘Well, you have to.’”
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She continued, “My dad sends us the signature page along with just the obligation section of the contract. I was like, ‘Somebody forged my signature, I’m sure of it.’ And then I look at it, like, that is my signature. And that’s when we realized that I had signed this the day before we got married. And then I’m like, ‘Oh, I remember that. That’s not what I thought I was signing.'”
“We never gave our word that we’re generally going to be committed to anything,” Derick said. “This was fraud.”
“And I’m freaking out because now we’re aware of this contract,” Jill said. “Like, does it hold any water? Like, are we going to get off the plane, and they’re going to arrest us because we violated something?”
Derick recalled that the couple spoke to Jim Bob about what conditions would be offered to them should they end their mission early.
“If we’re giving up something, then we should get something in return,” Derick said. “Jim Bob said, ‘What do you want? Like, you know, $10 an hour?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know what is it worth?’ He’s like, ‘What’s your price?’
Derick said that they went back and forth with Jim Bob, who told them he could pay them $10 an hour.
“That’s when we asked to talk to TLC,” he said.
The pair claimed they were told by Jim Bob’s manager Chad Gallagher that he would have to be present for any discussions with TLC. Jill remembered that Gallagher told them, “The contract is not with you. It’s through your dad. And I’m his representative. So I have to be involved in these conversations.”
“And we were not able to talk to TLC,” Derick noted.
“Honestly, they probably would think if you got a problem with it, you speak up. But it’s not the boat that I was in.”
According to Jill and Derick, Jim Bob later offered to pay the older Duggar children a lump sum of money for their participation on the show.
“The amount that he ended up paying in a lump sum to each person, I don’t think it would be a coincidence that it would be very close to what minimum wage would be up to 18,” Derick said.
Jill added, “But in order to receive that, you had to sign another deal with my dad – his production company, Mad Family Inc. It would be like forever. We were automatically like, ‘We’re done.'”
“We found out on social media that our relationship – if we ever had a relationship with TLC – came to an end at that time,” Derick said.
Jill and Derick announced that they were leaving “Counting On” in 2017.
Jill revealed that she was opposed to filming the delivery of her first child for the show. TLC had previously filmed Michelle and Josh’s wife Anna giving birth and Jill recalled that they expected to film her birth as well.
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Derick and Jill said the production company approached them a few weeks before Jill gave birth about filming the delivery. Jill said they offered to only have one camera operator in the room.
“And I was like, well, actually, we don’t want you guys there at all,” Jill said, noting that the producers were shocked at their refusal.
“You didn’t want to go through what Anna went through,” Derick said.
“I knew for sure I was like, ‘Nobody’s in my delivery room, like nobody. And nobody’s there for the labor watching me. Like, I don’t want any of that,'” Jill said.
“We basically lost, and they’re going to get what they want,” Derick said.
The couple said the production company gave them cameras and tripods so that they could shoot footage for the show themselves.
“We did diary cams,” Jill said. “We did a lot of work. So they still got, you know, the footage.”
After the birth of Jill’s son Israel, she said the couple asked TLC just to pay them enough to cover the out-of-pocket costs of their insurance for the birth.
“They said they pay the family. Pay the family means we don’t get anything at that point,” Derick recalled before claiming, “They said, ‘Well, we paid your dad. So take it up with him.’”
Jill later revealed that she was never paid at any point during her time on “19 Kids and Counting” and “Counting On.”
“I never received any payout,” she said. “No check, no cash, no nothing. For seven-and-a-half years of my adult life, I was never paid.”
Representatives for TLC did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
“Happy Shiny People” delved deep into the conservative Christian fundamentalist teachings of IBLP. The series featured numerous interviews with former members who described how the organization’s practices led to alleged abusive behavior within the community.
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In 2014, Gothard resigned from the ministry after he was accused of sexual harassment and molestation by 34 women. Some of the accusers alleged that the sexual abuse occurred when they were minors. A group of Gothard’s alleged victims brought a lawsuit against him and IBLP in 2016, but it was dismissed in 2018 since the statute of limitations had expired.
In “Happy Shiny People,” Jim Bob’s niece Amy Duggar King said Jim Bob and Michelle had become public faces of IBLP due to the success and platform of “19 Kids and Counting.”
“With all the babies and the popularity of the show, they literally became the poster child for IBLP,” she said.
The Holts said Jim Bob is “definitely” trying to emulate Gothard.
“Because Mr. Gothard has been taken out of it, from what my understanding is, is that Jim Bob and Michelle are his replacement,” Bobye claimed.
“With them being on TLC, I think it has definitely given them a platform to encourage people to come to IBLP,” she added. “And they’ve encouraged people to move to Arkansas. Which is completely a cult move,” she claimed.
Radical climate group slashing SUV tires says they’re now active in 18 countries including US
A far-left international group that encourages groups of people to deflate tires on parked sports utility vehicles (SUV) in an effort to combat global warming has expanded its operations to 18 countries.
The group, named the Tyre Extinguishers and based in the U.K., has claimed credit for tire-deflating operations in American cities including New York City, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, and cities in England, Canada, France, Spain, Germany and Italy among others. And most recently, on Thursday, members affiliated with the Tyre Extinguishers conducted an action in Lisbon, Portugal.
“Reports coming in of very angry #CarShaggers who are upset they can’t drive their massive tanks around Lisbon. Oh no!” the group said. “Welcome to the fun, Portugal! Now that we’ve had our first action in Lisbon, where’s next?”
The announcement included an image of a Portuguese-language pamphlet the activists left on one of the targeted SUVs.
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On the group’s website, it provides instructions for quickly deflating tires on parked cars and a template for pamphlets that activists can use during operations. After deflating an SUV’s tires, individuals affiliated with the group generally leave the document, with a headline stating “ATTENTION – your gas guzzler kills,” on the vehicle’s windshield explaining to its owner why the action was taken.
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“You’ll be angry, but don’t take it personally. It’s not you, it’s your car,” the pamphlet says. “We did this because driving around in urban areas in your massive vehicle has huge consequences for others.”
“We are people from all walks of life with one aim: To make it impossible to own a huge polluting 4×4 in the world’s urban areas,” the group’s website adds. “We are defending ourselves against climate change, air pollution and unsafe drivers. We do this with a simple tactic: Deflating the tyres of these massive, unnecessary vehicles, causing inconvenience for their owners.”
According to the Tyre Extinguishers, it doesn’t have a leadership structure, but is instead a “leaderless, autonomous movement of groups that act independently.”
It says its movement has led to the creation of organizations focused on deflating tires worldwide like The DundeeFlators in Scotland, Les Degonfleurs in France and SUVVersive in Italy.
Overall, activists associated with the Tyre Extinguishers are responsible for deflating tires on more than 10,000 SUVs. On a single night in November last year, the group boasted that its members “disarmed” more than 900 SUVs in a coordinated action across multiple cities in the U.S. and Europe.
“This is the biggest coordinated global action against high-carbon vehicles in history, with many more to come,” it said at the time.
Pennsylvania man arrested after allegedly trying to use candy to lure 7-year-old boy to his car at NJ Wawa
A man wanted in New Jersey for allegedly trying to use candy to abduct a 7-year-old boy from a Wawa restroom has been identified and arrested, authorities said Friday.
Thomas Cannon, 79, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child following the May 28 incident at the store located on State Highway 47 in Maurice River, the Cumberland County Prosecutor said in a press release.
Cannon, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, is accused of entering a restroom and offering the boy candy to leave the store with him, according to the New Jersey State Police.
During the encounter, Cannon allegedly grabbed the 7-year-old’s arm to physically remove him from the store after the boy refused to go to his car.
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The 7-year-old resisted and broke free from the suspect’s grasp, according to authorities. The young child then ran to his mother, who was using the women’s restroom at the time.
The suspect had already left the store by the time the child’s family learned of the alleged incident.
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During the search for the suspect, investigators released video surveillance footage from the Wawa store showing the suspect entering and leaving the establishment.
Police had described the suspect as a White male with gray, thinning hair combed to the back, and wearing blue jeans and a maroon or burgundy T-shirt. Detectives believe the suspect had left the Wawa in a white Toyota 4-Runner.
Prosecutors say Cannon was charged with a third-degree offense, which carries a penalty of up to five years of incarceration.
Red Sox announcer sets off his iPhone’s ‘Siri’ after announcing at-bat of Rays player with same name
At long last, an iPhone finally went off while someone was broadcasting a Tampa Bay Rays game.
Why would that happen? Because the Rays have a guy named Jose Siri on their team.
And yes, his last name is pronounced just like the iPhone’s “Siri.”
So, when Boston Red Sox announcer Joe Castiglione was introducing the Rays’ Siri during his at bat on Saturday, it brought his iPhone to life.
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People in the booth could not help but crack up.
“Wait a minute, did you hear that? Siri!” Castiglione said.
“I’m not asking you, Siri,” he continued to the phone. “Not this Siri, that Siri!”
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The Hamden, Connecticut, native has been calling Sox games since 1983 and has called four World Series victories for Boston.
However, this certainly is one of his most memorable moments.
Ironically enough, Siri made a diving catch to win the second game of the Rays’ doubleheader against Boston.
Gun safety instructor sues blue state for denying business COVID relief ‘because I’m a straight White male’
A former police officer turned fire academy owner is suing the state of Massachusetts over a COVID-19 grant program designated for specific races, sexes and sexual orientations.
“It goes against everything we stand for as a nation. It’s blatantly unconstitutional. There’s no defense to this,” New England Firearms Academy owner Brian Dalton said on “Fox & Friends First” Friday.
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Dalton moved to take legal action against Massachusett’s “Inclusive Recovery Grant Program,” which offers up to $75,000 in relief to small businesses that were negatively impacted by the pandemic. The program stipulates that funds are available to specific demographics only.
“This program targets businesses that focus on reaching markets predominantly made up of socially and economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups, underserved markets, and those owned by minorities, women, veterans, immigrants, first-generation immigrants, disabled individuals, or those that identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community,” an overview of the program says.
Dalton says the relief would have been a “godsend to start off with” as his company struggled like many small businesses due to lockdowns.
“That money was crucial in an unprecedented time during COVID,” Dalton said. “I had to float the company on my own. What we did is we had to come up and pay every bit. I didn’t defer rent to where the academies were located. I didn’t do any of that. I paid that because I felt everyone was due their money.”
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Dalton defended his business as all-inclusive, adding he’s not receiving help “because I’m a straight white male.”
“To have this happen was really just a kick. It was a pretty good kick to me and to us at the time, and I just can’t see how it went through.”
The lawsuit reasoned that the program is in violation of the 14th Amendment. Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Andrew Quinio joined Dalton on “Fox & Friends First” the further explain details of the suit.
“The Constitution as has been noted abhors racial classifications. Sex discrimination is presumptively invalid under the Constitution. The bottom line is the government, including Massachusetts, cannot treat individuals as mere components of race or sexual class or gender classes. They have to treat us and Mr. Dalton as individuals,” Quinio said.
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According to Quinio, other states are also pushing programs like the one in Massachusetts that “push the envelope.”
“The different jurisdictions try and get away with this because they consistently push the envelope unless there’s someone pushing back,” he said. “Thankfully, folks, hardworking folks like Brian are helping push back.”
“These things are patently plain, plainly unconstitutional.”
Man fined after trying to help bison calf at Yellowstone that was later euthanized
Clifford Walters faced one count of feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife and will have to pay a fined $500 fine and a series of other fees.
Russian minister rips Washington nuclear arms treaty ‘ultimatums,’ demands US halt ‘hostile’ policy on Moscow
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov reportedly said Saturday that Moscow’s move to suspend its nuclear arms treaty with Washington was “unshakable” and could only be reversed if the U.S. abandons its “hostile” policy toward Russia.
“Our decision to suspend the START Treaty is unshakable,” Ryabkov said, according to Russian state-owned news agency TASS. “Our own condition for returning to a fully operational treaty is for the U.S. to abandon its fundamentally hostile stance toward Russia.”
“Talking to the Russian Federation in the language of ultimatums just does not work,” Ryabkov is quoted as having told Russia’s three main news agencies Saturday, according to Reuters. “Through the fault of the United States, many elements of the former architecture in this area have either been completely destroyed or moved in a semi-lethal state.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin in February – around the one-year anniversary of his invasion of Ukraine – announced that Moscow was suspending participation in the New START treaty. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of State announced a set of four U.S. countermeasures in response to Russia’s violations of the New START Treaty.
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As of June 1, the U.S. is withholding from Russia notifications required under the treaty, including updates on the status or location of treaty-accountable items such as missiles and launchers. Russia ceased fulfilling its notification obligation upon its purported suspension of the treaty on Feb. 28.
After confirming that Russia would not fulfill its obligation to provide its biannual data update on March 30, the U.S. did not provide its March 30 biannual date update to Russia. The New START Treaty requires Russia and the U.S. to exchange comprehensive databases in March and September of each year.
On Friday, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told the Arms Control Association (ACA) Annual Forum that “rather than waiting to resolve all of our bilateral differences – the United States is ready to engage Russia now to manage nuclear risks and develop a post-2026 arms control framework.”
Signed in 2010 and due to expire in 2026, the New START treaty limited the number of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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According to the U.S. Department of State, the agreement limits all Russian deployed intercontinental-range nuclear weapons, including every Russian nuclear warhead that is loaded onto an intercontinental-range ballistic missile “that can reach the United States in approximately 30 minutes.” It also limits the deployed Avangard and the under development Sarmat, the two most operationally available of Russia’s new long-range nuclear weapons that can reach the U.S.
Though he said Russia’s actions “have been dealing body blows to the post-Cold war nuclear arms control framework,” Sullivan noted how while claiming to suspend New START, “Russia has also publicly committed to adhere to the Treaty’s central limits – indicating a potential willingness to continue limiting strategic nuclear forces.”
But just days earlier, Sullivan pointed out, Putin formally announced that he will withdraw from the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe, “putting the final nail in the coffin of an agreement that once served as a cornerstone of European security, which Moscow began violating years ago.”
Sullivan said the type of limits the United States can agree to after the treaty expires in 2026 “will of course be impacted by the size and scale of China’s nuclear buildup.”
The State Department said the United States notified Russia of the countermeasures, which are “fully consistent with international law,” in advance and “conveyed the United States’ desire and readiness to reverse the countermeasures and fully implement the treaty if Russia returns to compliance.”
Ryabkov noted Saturday that Washington seemed willing to continue to follow the 1998 Ballistic Missile Launch Notification Agreement.
“Accordingly, a certain transparency and predictability will remain in this area and will allow us to avoid further dangerous exacerbation,” he reportedly remarked.
Mystery private jet of migrants arrives in Sacramento, prompting investigation
California officials launched an investigation after over a dozen migrants were flown to Sacramento by private jet on Saturday and “dumped on the doorstep of a local church without any advance warning.”